Houzz Reports on 2021 Bathroom Trends

Palo Alto, CA, October 11, 2021- Homeowners increasingly turned to professionals for help with projects this year (84% from 82% in 2020), reports Houzz. Significantly more homeowners hired a general contractor compared with last year (49% versus 43% in 2020). Hiring also increased for bathroom remodelers, bathroom designers and interior designers (22%, 14% and 11%, respectively in 2021, versus 20%, 12% and 9%, respectively in 2020).

The median spend for bathroom projects was $8,000, while higher budget projects (with the top 10% of project spend) came in at $30,000 or more among homeowners. Those doing “major” bathroom renovations, which include shower upgrades, spent three times more on their renovations than those undergoing minor renovations ($15,000 versus $5,000, respectively). Median spend increased for both small and large bathrooms that underwent a major remodel, jumping by 20% and 6%, respectively, from the previous year. 

Additional trends from the study include:

* Marble in Vogue: ​​Marble is being adopted at a higher rate by renovating homeowners this year, with increased usage in shower flooring, non-shower flooring and nonshower walls (17%, 13% and 6%, respectively in 2021, from 13%, 10% and 4%, respectively in 2020). 

* Colorful Vanities: While white continues to be the dominant color chosen across all bathroom features, blue and wood vanities have become more popular over the past year bringing warmth and texture to bathrooms. In fact, the share of homeowners opting for blue vanities has doubled compared to last year (8% in 2021 from 4% in 2020) and medium and light wood tones are becoming more common (14% and 8% respectively in 2021 from 12% and 6%, respectively in 2020). 

* Lighting Upgrades: Homeowners cite both insufficient lighting and no natural lighting as issues before a bathroom renovation (28% and 11%, respectively), which may explain why more than four in five homeowners upgraded their lighting fixtures this year (82%). Wall lights and recessed lights remain the top two choices in upgraded lighting (57% and 55%, respectively), however lighted mirrors, pendant lights and chandeliers all inched up in popularity from last year.

* Toilet Technology: More than a third of homeowners who upgraded their toilets during renovations incorporated technology (36%). Bidets remain the most popular tech feature for one in five homeowners (20%), followed by self-cleaning, heated seats, overflow protection and built-in nightlights (15%, 13%, 10% and 10%, respectively). 

* Lighted Mirrors: Three-quarters of renovating homeowners install mirrors in their renovated bathroom (78%), with over half installing more than one mirror (59%). Some upgraded mirrors have advanced features, such as LED lighting and anti-fog systems (20% and 18%, respectively). 

* Custom Medicine Cabinets: Nearly one-third of renovating homeowners install custom or semi-custom medicine cabinets (30%), many of which include features such as hidden plugs and lighting on the inside (20% and 18%, respectively).